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Pneumonia
PneumoniaThe acute inflammation of the lungs is called pneumonia. It is one of the most serious infectious diseases. Lobar pneumonia and broncho pneumonia are the two basic types of pneumonia. They, however, run into each other and are treated in the same way. If both the lungs are affected the disease becomes more serious. In common parlance, it is called double pneumonia.

Symptoms of Pneumonia are:
A cold in the head or the throat mostly causes pneumonia. The patient generally feels chill, shivering, difficulty in breathing and sharp pain in the chest. This may be followed by a cough with pinkish sputum, which may later become brownish. Fever and headache are also very common symptoms. The sputum may turn into rusty colour in severe cases of pneumonia. The disease may cause delirium and convulsions in most cases involving young children. Most patients feel very miserable and sweat profusely. The temperature may rise to 105 F and pulse may go upto 150 beats per minute. A common complication of all kinds of pneumonia is pleurisy.

Causes of Pneumonia:
Various types of germs such as streptococcus, staphyloccus and pneunococcus cause pneumonia. At times, certain viruses are also responsible for the disease. Other causes of this disease are fungal infection, irritation by worms, inhaling foreign matter, irritant dust or noxious gases and vapours such as ammonia, nitrogen dioxide or cadmium. The real cause of pneumonia, however, is the toxic condition of the body, especially of the lungs and air passages, resulting from wrong feeding and faulty life style. Persons with healthy tissues and strong vital force are unlikely to catch pneumonia. It is only when the system is clogged with toxic matter and the vitality is low that the germs of pneumonia invade a person.

Treatment of Pneumonia :
To begin with, the patient should be kept on a diet of raw juices for five to ten days, depending on the severity of the disease, In this regimen, he should take a glass of fruit or vegetable juice diluted with warm water every two or three` hours. Fruits such as orange, mussombi, apple, pineapple, grapes and vegetables like carrots and tomatoes may be used for juices.

After a diet of raw juices, when the fever subsides, the patient should spend three or four further days on an exclusive fresh fruit diet, taking three meals a day of juicy fruits such as apple, grapes, pineapple, mangoes, orange, lemon and papaya. Thereafter, he may gradually adopt a well-balanced diet of natural foods consisting of seeds, nuts and grains, vegetables and fruits with emphasis on fresh fruits and raw vegetables. The patient should be given warm water enema daily to cleanse the bowels during the period of raw juice therapy and all fruit diet.

The patient should avoid strong tea, coffee, refined foods, fried foods, white sugar, white flour and all products made from them, condiments and pickles. He should also avoid all meats as well as alcoholic beverages and smoking.

Sipping of cold water has also been found beneficial in the treatment of pneumonia. The patient should sip cold water at short intervals so long as the fever continues.

Home Remedies:
Certain home remedies have been found beneficial in the treatment of pneumonia. During the early acute stage of this disease, a herbal tea made from fenugreek seeds will help the body to produce perspiration, dispel toxicity and shorten the period of fever. It can be taken upto four cups daily. The quantity should be reduced as condition improves. To improve flavour, a few drops of lemon juice can be used. During this treatment, no other food or nourishment should be taken as fasting and fenugreek will allow the body to correct these respiratory problems in a few days.

According to Dr. F.W. Crosman, an eminent physician, garlic is a marvellous remedy for pneumonia, `if given in sufficient quantities. This physician used garlic for many years in the treatment of pneumonia, and said that in no instance did it fail to bring down the temperature as well as the pulse and respiration within 48 hours. Garlic juice can also be applied externally to the chest with beneficial results as it is an irritant and rubefacient.

Sesame seeds are valuable in pneumonia. An infusion of the seeds, mixed with a tablespoon of linseed, a pinch of common salt and a desertspoon of honey, should be given in the treatment of this disease. This will help remove waste matter and phlegm from the bronchial tubes.

Rubbing oil of turpentine over the rib cage and wrapping warmed cotton wool over it can relieve the pain of pneumonia.
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